Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Moffat relaxed over MacLeod

Scott MacLeod

Edinburgh head coach Rob Moffat is not too concerned at the likely absence of Scott MacLeod for Sunday's second Magners League clash in a week with Glasgow Warriors.

MacLeod was sent off along with Glasgow's Chris Fusaro at the end of Edinburgh's 30-18 loss at Firhill on Monday and, with the duo set for a disciplinary hearing tonight, is anticipated to miss the return match at Murrayfield on Sunday. But with Steven Turnbull, Craig Hamilton and Esteban Lozada in the squad, Moffat believes Edinburgh have enough second row cover.

"I think it would be better for us to prepare without Scott," said Moffat. "It was an unfortunate incident that happened in the game and we've got to move on from that. If Scott's not available, we're reasonably well covered in the second row department."

Lozada and back row David Denton have been added to the squad along with wing Andrew Turnbull and scrum-halves Ross Samson and Mike Blair.

Blair is set to make a sooner-than-expected return from an elbow injury, while centre Nick de Luca and wing Simon Webster also offer Moffat options.

De Luca and Webster have made substitute appearances of late, but were unused replacements on Monday.

"We've got some good players that didn't play on Monday or were not involved in the squad so we've got some interesting selection problems," added Moffat.

Glasgow's Richie Gray and Edinburgh's Ross Ford were sin-binned in a feisty first game and Moffat insists his team are raring to go and ready to front up against their derby rivals once again.

The head coach said: "We don't like getting beaten in any game - it's probably worse getting beaten by Glasgow. Glasgow have got one up on us now. They've won the last four games against us now and our guys should be itching to play this weekend."

Meanwhile, centre Alex Grove has returned to Worcester following the end of his loan spell.

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